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The Technology Innovation Program
The Technology Innovation Program (TIP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST) was created to "to support, promote, and accelerate innovation in the United States
through high-risk, high-reward research in areas of critical national need," according to the
authorizing legislation. The intent of the program is to provide grants to small and medium-sized
firms for individual projects or joint ventures with other research organizations to undertake work
(A) has the potential for yielding transformational results with far-ranging or wide-ranging
(B) addresses critical national needs within the National Institute of Standards and
Technology's areas of technical competence; and
(C) is too novel or spans too diverse a range of disciplines to fare well in the traditional peer-
NIST published the final rule prescribing the policies and procedures for the TIP activity on June
25, 2008 (15 C.F.R. Part 296). Small or medium-sized for-profit firms are eligible for individual
project awards of up to $3 million over three years. Collaborative research ventures including
small or medium-sized companies, national laboratories, universities, or other non-profit research
institutions may be funded for a total of up to $9 million over five years. A competitive, merit-
based process is to be used to make grants of up to 50% of total project costs. In January 2009,
nine awards were announced for "new research projects to develop advanced sensing
technologies that would enable timely and detailed monitoring and inspection of the structural
health of bridges, roadways and water systems that comprise a significant component of the
nation's public infrastructure." According to TIP, $42.5 million in federal money was expected to
be matched by $45.7 in private sector support. Twenty more awards were announced in
December 2009 totaling almost $71.0 million in NIST financing with approximately $145.7
million in funding from other sources. Of the projects selected for the two solicitations, thirteen
were in the area of monitoring and inspection of civil infrastructure; four were in the area of
advanced repair of civil infrastructure; eleven were in the area of process scale up for advanced
materials; and one was in the area of predictive modeling for advanced materials. Nine additional
projects in various areas including biopharmaceuticals, electronics, nanotechnology, renewable
energy, and energy sources received awards of more than $22 million in December 2010. Federal
funding for these projects is expected to be matched by approximately $24 million in private
According to NIST, no new TIP projects were funded in FY2011. The $44.8 million appropriated
for the program in P.L. 112-10 was to be used for the continued support of ongoing TIP and ATP
1 P.L. 110-69
2 National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST Announces $22 Million in Funding for Advanced
Manufacturing Research in Electronics, Biotechnology and Nanotechnology, December 15, 2010, available at
s See http://www.nist.gov/tip/.
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The Technology Innovation Program, report, November 14, 2011; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc806826/m1/4/: accessed September 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.